Free Knit Stockinette Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

Free Knit Stockinette Stitch Dishcloth by Janice Jones   |Published 03-26-2023

This free stockinette stitch dishcloth pattern is a great first project for anyone just learning how to knit. 

Other than a simple stockinette stitch pattern, meaning knit one row, purl the next, the only other design element includes a garter stitch border.  The border is added so that the dishcloth will lay flat without curling.

Stockinette stitch dishcloth with a garter stitch border knit in a pink cotton yarn.

Skills Needed to Complete this Free Knit Stockinette Stitch Dishcloth

This is a very basic pattern that requires few skills.  These are the few skills you will need to know to complete this project.

Knit Stitch

Purl Stitch

Cast On

Bind Off 

Garter Stitch

Stockinette Stitch

Weave In Ends

Skill Level

From the Craft Yarn Council, the symbol used to determine the skill level required to finish the project.


Hdc = half double crochet

tbl = through back look


Finished Measurements

3 1/2 inch wide and 23 inches long


The actual gauge is not important in this project.

Project Notes

This pattern uses Number 3, DK weight yarn, (from the Craft Yarn Council). You can use whatever type of yarn that you like, in whatever color you choose. 

Work in the top back loop of each stitch throughout, unless otherwise stated in the pattern

This pattern uses US English terminology

Skills Needed for this Project

Half double crochet

Chain Stitch

Understand Pattern Directions

Cast on 37 stitches.

Rows 1 - 4 Knit all stitches.

Row 5:  K4, Purl to last 4 sts.  K4.

Row 6:  K across

Row & 7 and beyond, Work Rows 5 and 6 until piece measures 7.5 inches or desired length.

Last 4 rows:  Knit across.

Bind off

Weave in End.

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